Archives for March 23, 2017

Mily Miss Questions: 10 Adventures For Curious Minds! – Adorable! Perfect for Curious Kids

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This collection of stories features Mily and her friends as they investigate major life questions. Mily is a funny, curious and uncertain little 9-year-old girl. Like many children her age, she has a great many questions about life, people and the world. She’s never lost for words. Whenever a particular situation raises a question, Mily is immediately on the case!  From one episode to the next, through everyday situations and without ever favoring a particular point of view, Mily introduces young viewers to the art of questioning and developing an inquiring mind. KIDS FIRST! Juror Rachael V. (Adult) comments, “This program is so adorable! It’s about an all too curious young girl who has all sorts of fun questions. I remember when my older children had non-stop questions and this show really portrays that well. It’s also really good about getting her questions answered. The animation is well done. I recommend the show for ages 5 to 11 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.” Juror Tina B. (Adult) adds, “I found it quite interesting. The stories are thought-provoking and the themes are relative to children as well as adults. The various themes include decision making, choices in jobs, rules vs. laws and ‘telling the truth and teaching responsibility”. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Dariana A. (age 11) adds, “My favorite story on the DVD is the first one because the question asked is one I would have wondered at that age. It is about where we are before we reach our mother’s belly.” Carla P. (age 12) wraps it up with, “I like this series because it teaches children to ask questions of things they are curious about.  The lead character, Mily is a girl who asks everyone questions about a variety of stuff, typical things that kids are thinking and about everyday situations. It helps get kids thinking about things that people don’t usually think of.” See the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics full reviews below.

Mily Miss Questions: 10 Adventures For Curious Minds!

By Dariana Alvarez, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

 

Mily Miss Questions: 10 Adventures For Curious Minds! is a collection of stories that are educational and teach lessons such as how to be responsible. Mily asks a lot of questions that most children Mily’s age are aware of, yet she leaves a lot of open questions without an explanation. Mily and her friends ask questions and find out the answers to them together. Each episode has a different plot, but the thing that all the stories have in common is that they all contain a question that Mily answers. When she answers, she gives a variety of options, making you have to choose your preference.

This is a French animated TV series produced by Ciel de Paris and directed by Alex Ducord in whose talented hands we get Mily. The show has excellent voice overs which I particularly enjoyed. I was a bit confused by the dog, Pop, who has the ability to speak in some stories and in others, he only barks. In the second story, he talks and Mily understands him. In the third story, Pop only barks, even when Mily is around. I was also distracted by the words not matching the movement of people’s lips. I realized that the reason is because this film’s original language is French.

My favorite story on the DVD is the first one because the question asked is one I would have wondered at that age as well. It is about where we are before we reach our mother’s belly. I didn’t like that Mily doesn’t give a clear answer to that.

There is a different message in each episode, but the overall message is to find answers to important questions that you have. I rate this film 3.5 out of 5 stars because I felt its offering new knowledge for kids didn’t go far enough and the sound dubbing is distracting and inconsistent. I recommend this film for ages 4 to 6. It is available on DVD now so, check it out.

 

Mily Miss Questions: 10 Adventures for Curious Minds

By Carla Paz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

 

This DVD is a collection of 2D animated stories that are both educational and entertaining. I like this series because it teaches children to ask questions of things they are curious about.  The lead character, Mily is a girl who asks everyone questions about a variety of stuff, typical things that kids are thinking and about everyday situations. It helps get kids thinking about things that people don’t usually think of. The story takes place around Mily, her family, her friends and her school. In one episode, Mily wonders where kids were before they were in their mother stomach.

The show is originally from France. It was adapted for America since it was such a hit in France. I like the style of the animation. The background of each scene of the animation is an actual photo of where it takes place such as kitchen. We see an actual photo of a kitchen. The characters’ animation is over the background. I find that cool because I’ve never seen that done before in animation. It’s very unique and rare.

The message of this show is to ask questions when you wonder about things. It teaches kids to ask questions even if they seem dumb. If someone doesn’t know something, they have the right to ask.  No one should be judged for asking. It also teaches kids to be creative. In one of the episodes, Mily gets bored and doesn’t know what to do.  Her friends come up with ideas to keep her from not being bored. They get creative and make games.

Something interesting is that the show is diverse, having character of different ethnicities.

My favorite character is Mily’s little sister Lola because she nags Mily in a funny way. She annoys Mily sometimes but they love each other. I love how she helps Mily with her questions. She may be younger but she helps Mily a lot. I also liked Mily’s dog since he does a lot of funny things.  Mily’s dog helps her become curious about the world.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 5 to 10. This DVD is available now wherever DVDs are sold so, be sure to look for it.

https://youtu.be/-Nr49e2rDmw

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

 

Mack & Moxy: Adventures In Helpeeland! – Helps Children Understand Some Of Life’s Complicated Issues

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Join Mack, a blue moose with a heart of gold and two left feet, and Moxy, a perky pink raccoon, on four new exciting adventures! Watch Mack & Moxy rescue another Great Helpee in a far off mystical place called HelpeeLand. In the first adventure, Mack & Moxy start a lively game of foursquare at the HelpeeLand School. When a disagreement develops over who won, Trooper Sydnee suggests Rock, Paper, Scissors to settle the dispute. It works like a charm except for one problem Shelfish Sheldon (Hank Azaria) is about to snatch the Great Helpee and keep all its happiness for himself. Guest celebrity, Simone Biles (Olympic Gymnastic Gold Medal winner), helps the Heroes on their mission. Three more adventures introduce kids to subjects like autism, buckling-up for safety and eating healthy foods. KIDS FIRST! Juror Tina B. comments, “This DVD has a beautiful way of explaining and expressing important ways of helping children understand some of life’s complicated issues.” KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Rohan F. adds, “Mack & Moxy: Adventures in Helpeeland! is a great DVD for preschoolers. It teaches basic lessons that kids will need for school.” See their full reviews below.

 

Mack & Moxy: Adventures In Helpeeland!

By Tina B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror

 

This DVD has a beautiful way of explaining and expressing important ways of helping children understand some of life’s complicated issues. Friendship, honesty, tolerance, patience, healthy eating habits, dancing, singing, playing together, solving conflicts and working together are not always easy for children to understand and the Mack & Moxy series really helps parents instill good values in their children and helps parents find ways to teach these qualities to their children in a playful, colorful yet firm way. A must for all parents!

 

The topics discussed, the music, the lyrics, the funny and unusual characters, and the vibrant colors are all spot on and will all appeal to children. Each story has a great topic and the characters are lively, honest, funny, believable and colorful. Each segment concentrates on a powerful message to help young children understand. The songs emphasize the message and make a great addition at the end of each segment. Having the words written on the screen also helps parents relay the words. The material in each segment is very relevant and is very easy for children to follow. Subjects such as honesty, proper car seats for children of different ages, healthy eating, friendship, cooperation, team work, understanding children with autism, respect and organized games at recess time, are all introduced. At the end of each segment a mention of where to find more information is listed.

 

The vocabulary is age-appropriate and the subject matter is very relevant. The songs are so lively and sing-able. The theme song which is sung throughout the DVD whenever the team is ready to go out on their mission, ‘Here We Go, Na Na Na, Off to Healthyland’ is great. I found myself singing to it too! The animation is fantastic. The colors are so bright and rich for each of the characters and each of the Great Helpees hatched is a different color! The songs are upbeat and uplifting! Having the words written on the screen helps adults learn the songs. The settings for each of the segments has lots of imagination built in and also has awesome colors. Each of the characters has their own unique costume and name. Shellfish Sheldon is a red lobster, Clicks the robot, Patches the tiger, Little Bird is Autistic as well as Trooper Charlie, who dances very well, and so many others.

 

These segments are all very interesting and colorful and playful and educational as well. One segment deals with normalizing autism and explains about the devices that help autistic children communicate with others. It stresses that ‘even though we are all different, we are all the same’. The song, ‘Each One of Us Is Different’ helps us to understand more. The theme of this segment is that children with autism can be a great friend and our differences are Okay. Yes, I love this! Recommended for ages 2 to 5 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Tina B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.

 

Mack & Moxy: Adventures in Helpeeland!

Reviewed by Rohan F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

 

 

Mack & Moxy: Adventures in Helpeeland! is a great DVD for preschoolers. It teaches basic lessons that kids will need for school. This colorful DVD contains four episodes that combine animation, live-action, puppets and songs. The first episode teaches how to solve and arguments using “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” The second teaches you about buckling your car seat belt. The third talks about healthy eating and the fourth is about autism. In each episode, Mack (a moose-like giant) and Moxy (a perky pink raccoon) and their friends go to Helpee Island to save the great Helpee egg? One day they meet a new friend who helps them get the Helpee Egg. Meanwhile, the show’s enemy, Shellfish Sheldon is trying to steal the Great Helpee and keep all its happiness for himself. My favorite part of each episode is when Shellfish Sheldon is about to achieve his goal but fails, usually helping Mack and Moxy get the Helpee Egg. This show contains lots of repetition. At the end of each episode, they use exactly the same script as they did at the beginning. Repetition is good for younger children but can get tedious for older kids and adults so, I recommend this film for ages 1 to 4 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rohan F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

Once Again Nut Butter is my New Favorite Brand of Peanut Butter!

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I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own. 

Looking for great Peanut Butter? Once Again Nut Butter is organic nut butter that also tastes really good! I had the opportunity to review the Once Again Nut butters and my favorite is the Creamy No Stir Peanut Butter! It is tasty and it also is great in recipes. I made peanut butter cookies and I also tried their Peanut Tofu Lettuce Cups recipe! Besides the Peanut Butter, they also have the following: Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, and seed butters such as Sunflower Butter. They are all organic and taste good!

You can order them online here.